Chris Burks Memorial Bursary

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 20 February 2022

Length of award

The bursary may be held for one year only. The selection panel may, in exceptional circumstances, consider an extension of the award to more than one year provided that the scholar continues to be resident at Carrington College and makes satisfactory progress in all respects. This progress must include passing a minimum of 108 points each year unless there are mitigating factors that the Selection Panel may consider.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

Carrington College and the University of Otago are pleased to be able to offer this award to assist second year students with their academic progress at the University of Otago.

Selection criteria

Candidates must be in their second year of residence at Carrington College, considered to have made an exceptional contribution to the welfare of other students of Carrington College, enrolled full time for a first undergraduate degree at the University of Otago under 25 years of age on the first day of February in the year of application. History of contribution to other student’s welfare, personality, and academic and leadership qualities will be the primary criteria by which recipients are selected.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Carrington College and the University of Otago reserve the right to use the names, photographs, and details of successful applicants for advertising and publicity. The bursary holders must agree to be reasonably available to participate in interviews and promotional activities if requested by Carrington College or the University of Otago.

How do students apply?

The applicant must submit: an application form, including the name of an academic referee normally the applicant’s Head of Department of their major degree subject. A statement (max 500 words), written by the applicant, outlining the qualities and extra-curricular activities, interests and achievements making them a worthy recipient of the bursary.
Application Form
Scholarship Page

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Candidates may be required to present for a pre-selection interview. Application documents must be sent to the Scholarships Office, University of Otago, no later than 20 February. Candidates should also ensure that their two referees send their confidential references to the Scholarships Office, University of Otago by 20 February.

Decision makers

The Selection panel includes the Warden and the Student President of Carrington Hall, a former resident of Carrington College (where possible a contemporary of Chris Burks) and a nominee of the Scholarships Committee. Each bursary must be taken up in the year in which it is awarded.

History or background of award

Christopher George Burks (1973-1999) was a student at Carrington College. Chris was President of the Students’ Association and graduated from the University of Otago in 1996 with a BSc in Information Science and a BA in Psychology. Throughout his time at Carrington College Chris put himself second.

Additional information

The scholarship holder must agree to participate in the University of Otago mentoring programme, agree to act as a role model for his/her College, community during the tenure of the bursary, submit a report on the progress of his/her studies to the Undergraduate . Scholarships Officer by 1 December of the year they hold the bursary. The Chris Burks Memorial Bursary may be held concurrently with another award, with approval of the Selection Panel.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Melanie Adams
Scholarships Administrator
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
(03) 479 5291


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in November 2020.